GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After months in far away lands, hundreds of Gulfport Seabees say they are happy to be back on United States soil. Family and friends welcomed home Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One on Friday.
Nearly 280 Seabees stepped off buses and into the welcoming arms of loved ones. While away, the Seabees were engaged in several military construction missions in Spain and in several countries across Africa.
"They have worked their tails off for seven months. Seeing special reunions is what makes it all worth while, so it's good seeing people getting some hugs from some love ones as they come home," said Commander Kemit Spears.
Lori Coyle spent seven months missing her husband. During his deployment, the couple used various methods to make the separation easier.
"I've sent him a few care packages, emails. We email each other," said Coyle. "FaceTime. Keep him in touch with home."
The Seabees say they are eager to enjoy the perks of being back, such as eating favorite foods and spending time with loved ones.
"It was definitely a great experience to come back and see all the smiling faces," said Justin Jordan, Seabee. "All the friends and family in the area that have supported us."
One of the projects the Seabees took on was building a ship electronics testing facility at Naval Station Rota in Spain.